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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-18-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 18-24, 2019 LETTERS / THE VALLEY 15 'Freedom of Choice' or not We often hear the term "Freedom of Choice," being used. But are we not responsible for our choices? If one should drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and cause a serious accident resulting in a death, is not that driver guilty of murder? That is the law. Then, if the choice we make be that of adultery, fornication, rape, incest or any act of promiscuity, shouldn't we also be responsible for its outcome? If conception should result from our choice of actions, that child becomes a new life, apart from our own; one that must be nurtured. Yet, the same law that protects other humans, no longer exists for the child within the womb, which can be slaugh- tered at the will of the parents. His or her body is thrown in a heap, then what? Incinerated? The ashes blown in the wind? Do those who condone abortion really understand what is being done? The child in the womb is not part of the mother's body, but a life unto its own, needing sustenance from her till birth. A few decades ago, Life Magazine published a thorough article, including photos, of the child's growth in the womb and exactly what abortion does to this living human being, at various stages of development. This very informational article seems to have disappeared from view. Can it be because the "pow- ers that be" do not want it to be known? Do our representatives in gov- ernment turn a blind eye from the truth? They know full well that abortion is the massacre of these children. Yet, though the majority of people oppose such a violent end to our unborn; they choose to make this slaughter permanently legal. Why? No one seems to ask them this question during any interview. Is it because they are forbidden to do so? M. P. LEVESQUE North Smithfield do you know? You can place a Classified Ad anytime at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Classifieds' Turcotte, a North Smithfield High School graduate who was killed in an Army training accident in 2017. Guertin said the group has planned a tentative dedication ceremony for September when they plan to unveil a sign and possibly new flagpole officially renaming the stadium. The committee also plans to coordinate new signage identifying the entire field complex as the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex at the entrance to the area from North Smithfield Middle School. However, plans for the newly renamed stadium did not end with signage. Last November, Guertin and other proponents for the renaming noted the effort may dovetail with an initiative to build a concession stand and bathroom facil- ity at the stadium, a project that drew strong support from many residents, and some opposition, during last year's budget season. Last June, the Town Council set aside $100,000 in the capital proj- ects budget as an initial contribution toward the facility, though Guertin noted the funds were considered seed money and were not expected to cover the entire cost. Guertin told The Breeze that the subcommittee discussed possible improvements to the stadium com- plex with the goal of making the field a focal point for all residents. In addition to the concession stand and bathroom facility, those improvements include throwing cages for the high school track and field program and replacement of the stadium turf field. "We've identified a lot more to be done over there, and one of the big- gest things is that turf itself is now 10 years old," he said. "If you Google the average life expectancy of that carpet, it's eight to 10 years. It's pretty much due for replacement." The group also expanded their discussion to include improvements at other town-owned sites including Pacheco Park and two town parks on St. Paul Street and Milton Avenue. Guertin, who also leads the Parks and Recreation Commission, said he would like to see the two smaller parks revitalized as recreation spaces. "The gist of it initially was the bath- rooms and the concession stands and the naming and the signage. But then we realize you know what, it needs a lot more. And not only does that complex need a lot more, so does the town," he said. On Tuesday, Guertin requested the School Committee support the com- missioning of an architectural study to assess the town's parks and recreation infrastructure and determine a plan to meet the town's needs. The study, he said, would include input from residents on what they would like to see included in future parks and recreation improvements. After that, Guertin said he hopes the council will support putting forth a bond to voters to fund sweeping improvements at recreation sites. "Personally, I'm done considering band-aiding things," he said. "We've put a little bit of money into things, and we never quite got a right. I believe this is the time to get it right." The School Committee voted unani- mously to support the proposal and requested the town move forward with a study analyzing the uses, costs and needs of school and town recre- ational facilities. Member Peg Votta expressed concern that all town resi- dents be made aware of the proposal, though Guertin assured members that input from residents would be central to the study and plan going forward. In addition to the requested bond, several groups are planning fun- draisers to support the Veterans Memorial Stadium initiative and related improvements to the athletic complex. In July, former classmates of Matthew Turcotte will host a flag football tournament with part of the proceeds supporting the stadium ini- tiative and the remainder dedicated toward the Wounded Warriors Project. On May 4, NSHS senior Malibu-May Champagne will host the "Northmen Olympics" as her senior project, a competition-style event with proceeds benefiting the new concession stand and bathroom facility. Guertin said he sees the initiative as benefiting town residents of all ages and is hoping to gain the support of residents and town officials in moving forward with a study and funding for improvements. "I can't stress enough how we're trying to bring everybody in and look at this as a benefit to the entire town," he said. IMPROVEMENTS From Page One GUERTIN 'Personally, I'm done consider- ing band-aiding things. We've put a little bit of money into things, and we never quite got a right. I believe this is the time to get it right.' TONY GUERTIN Veterans Memorial Subcommittee member SENIOR NEWS St. Joseph Seniors list events, winners WOONSOCKET – St. Joseph Seniors meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the St. Joseph Church hall, 1200 Mendon Road, at 1 p.m., and at noon when a meal is offered. The following trips are offered: A Wildwood trip scheduled from June 2-6, final payment is due Tuesday, April 2; Turning Stone, Nov. 12-14; Atlantic City with a Rockette's Show, Dec. 1-3. For more information, call Sue Grenier at 401-766-4647 or Linda Deguire at 401-766-5879. Tickets for the anniversary dinner at Village Haven are now available. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for guests. New members are Rita Pimental, Rita Tetreault, Muriel Dubois, Lucille Gingras, Florence DeCubellis, Claudette and Robert Grenier. Celebrating April birthdays are: Rita Tetreault, Yoshi Toya, Connie Harnois, Connie Lemay, Mary Crisafulli, Muriel Dugas, Denise Raiche, Kevin Gomes, Jeanne Theroux, Nancy Henault, Lynne Richer, Doris Hudon, Louis LeBlanc, Celia Gregoire, Rachel Thifault, and Yvette Piette. Monthly club winners are: Roger Marvis, Bob Desjardins, Marjorie Mineau, Connie Lemay, Marilyn Beaudette, and Andre Dufault. Door prize winners are: Evelyn Martin, Claire Biron, Brenda O'Brien, Pauline Belisle, and Rachel Thifault. Raffle ticket winners are Barbara DeChristofaro, Michelle McDonald, Gloria Belknap, Marie Desilets, and Connie Gentile. Meadows Association hosts bingo April 29 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Meadows Association will hold its Monday Bingo event on April 29. Doors open at 11 a.m. and games begin at noon. The bingo event includes new pricing and new games including a build-up. The cost is $15 for every- thing needed to play, and extra specials will be sold. Snacks can be purchased and cof- fee is free. Call Connie for a reser- vation at 401-597-0417. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Independently Owned & Operated by George & Malanie Loya Wood Blinds • Shutters • Roman Shades Woven Wood • Custom Drapery Top Treatments • Verticals and more! 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